Food for All Broward

Food for All Broward

About Food for All Broward
Food for All Broward is an initiative to expand access to healthy foods for residents of all ages, abilities, cultural and economic backgrounds. By collaborating with local jurisdictions over the next year, the aim is to increase healthy eating options by co-developing policy and system changes that will facilitate healthier, thriving communities by strengthening and expanding the food system across Broward County.

Solution-Building through Food for All Broward

By working together, we can improve the health and quality of life of all residents through proven and creative ways that local governments have used across the country to make healthy foods more affordable and accessible.

About Food for All Broward

Food for All Broward is an initiative to expand access to healthy foods for residents of all ages, abilities, cultural and economic backgrounds. By collaborating with local jurisdictions over the next year, the aim is to strengthen the food system across Broward County by co-developing policy and system changes that will facilitate healthier, thriving communities.

The Issue

There is a direct connection between the availability and access to healthy foods and diet-related conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. The good news is that increasing access to healthy foods not only improves public health, but can spur economic development and neighborhood jobs in distressed communities. [1] Healthy food initiatives can increase employment in communities by providing jobs across the food system (from farm to table), attract foot traffic and other retail, provide workforce development and training opportunities, promote environmental sustainability and boost local economies. [2] By working together, we can improve the health and quality of life of all residents through proven and creative ways that local governments have used across the country to make healthy foods more affordable and accessible. 

Solution-Building through Food for All Broward

Through Food for All Broward, education and technical assistance can be provided to some Broward County municipalities to develop and implement strategies to improve access to healthy foods in their communities. Municipalities will be assisted in identifying and implementing evidence-based food policy and system change options including farmer’s markets, healthy food zones, updating comprehensive plans and other strategies that have successfully helped communities close healthy food access gaps.

Community Highlights

City of Lauderdale Lakes

Commissioner Beverly Williams of the City of Lauderdale Lakes supports Food for All Broward! Taking an active part in the City children’s garden, she works with local schools, community members and partners to educate the youth on growing fresh pesticide-free fruits and vegetables right in their backyard! The entire Lauderdale Lakes City Commission, including Mayor Hazelle P. Rogers who also signed the Mayor’s Pledge, actively support for healthy access to fruits and vegetables in their communities!

City of Miramar – Video Highlight

Listen to Trinity from Miramar Community Garden share her story on why she chose to become a community garden champion in the City of Miramar!

[1] The Reinvestment Fund. 2011. Healthy Food Financing at Work: Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative. Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative

[2] Healthy Food Access Portal. http://www.healthyfoodaccess.org

Food for All Broward encourages cities to take proactive and bold leadership to expand access to healthy foods. By making a public commitment to promote access to healthy foods, mayors can play an important role in increasing awareness and building momentum for policies and initiatives that can promote community food security, equity, health, environmental sustainability, job creation, economic development, and more. Mayors are encouraged to sign the “Mayor’s Pledge,” promising to make your city a place where food is healthy, sustainable and affordable for all residents. Please encourage your mayor to sign the pledge today!

Two ways of sharing the information with your Mayor:

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Join the Mayors that have signed the pledge!

Fort Lauderdale – Mayor Dean Trantalis

Lauderdale Lakes – Mayor Hazelle P. Rogers

Pembroke Pines – Frank C. Ortis

Pompano Beach – Mayor Lamar Fisher (2007-2018)

Support of Food For All Broward in the City of Lauderdale Lakes!
The City of Lauderdale Lakes, Vice Mayor Beverly Williams discusses the integration of gardening and education on healthy food access within the Lauderdale Lakes community. Commissioner Williams is also the first mayor to sign the Mayor’s pledge!

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Image from May 23rd, 2018 Spring Cohort Meeting

Save the Date: 2nd Annual South Florida Food Insecurity Summit

Thursday, September 12, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84, Davie, FL, 33317

 

Co-hosted by Feeding South Florida + Humana

Join us for a deep dive into the issue of food insecurity in South Florida, the resulting economic and health implications, and participate in solutions-driven break out sessions designed to collaboratively increase food access by strengthening the food system.

Food System-Driven topics include:

Policy Solutions (Led by Urban Health Partnerships/ Food for All Broward); Retail + Agriculture; Health + Wellness (Led by Humana); Technology (Led by Feeding America); Charitable Response

September is Hunger Action Month!

To help raise awareness about the issue of hunger in South Florida, please wear orange! Attire is business casual.

Event Recap

Food For All Broward Convening, Dania Beach

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Building Economic Development Through Food Access

Staff and elected city officials representing different Broward County municipalities and stakeholders joined Urban Health Partnerships (UHP) for the fourth Food for All Broward convening in Dania Beach. Municipalities represented included Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Dania Beach, Oakland Park, and Lauderdale Lakes. We had a total of 33 attendees. The objectives of the meeting were the following:

  • Discover how healthy food access projects can transform economic development strategies.
  • Identify potential policy, systems, and environmental change opportunities that could apply to your municipality’s food access and economic development goals.
  • Reflect on distinct action steps to help implement, support, and sustain healthy food access strategies in your municipality.
  • Decide how Food For All Broward can assist with your community’s healthy food access goals.

Dr. Andrea Iglesias, CEO and Executive Director, Urban Health Partnerships, provided the Welcome and emceed the event. Rickelle Williams, Executive Director of the Community Redevelopment Agency at the City of Dania Beach, welcomed participants to Dania Beach. Opening remarks were provided by Dr. Steve Marcus, President and CEO at the Health Foundation of South Florida which funds the Food for All Initiative. They both shared about the importance of food access, food security, and cross-section collaboration. Arely B. Lozano Cantu, Health and Community Development Program Manager, provided an overview and updates for the Food For All Broward Initiative that highlighted the following:

Brief reminder of the Food For All Broward goals and milestones:

  • Interactive Convenings
  • Technical Assistance
  • The Mayor’s Pledge
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Up-to-date-snapshot of milestone accomplishments:

  • 100% Attended 2018 Convening(s)
  • 100%   Policy Outline Completed
  • 100% Planning Meeting Completed
  • 46% TA Requests in progress (Deadline: March 2019)
  • 23% Submitted Signed Mayor’s Pledge

*Highlights based on 13 original municipalities (baseline), 14 active municipalities included.

  • A quick review of the Food For All TA Tools to help municipalities figure out next steps (i.e., policy outline), consider “gaps” and opportunities for policy, ordinance and systems changes (i.e., summary of policy opportunities), and review local, regional, and national policy/ordinance examples in order to select potential changes to implement in their community (i.e., sample policy menu)
  • A reminder of potential next steps

City of Hallandale Beach Assistant City Manager, Dr. Jeremy Earle provided an overview of the importance of linking food access and economic development. Afterwards, Dr. Earle joined an insightful panel showcasing Neysa Herrera from the City of Oakland Park CRA, Commissioner Beverly Williams from City of Lauderdale Lakes, and Rickelle Williams, from the City of Dania Beach CRA. The panelists highlighted local municipalities and their different examples of food access approaches. They shared about their projects and the processes they have been a part of as way to implement, sustain, and grow these types of initiatives. Participants were able to ask questions and engage in a larger conversation about food access and economic development.   

Through the Food Access and Economic Development presentation and panel, participants learned about “market” and “fleet” gardens as well as other examples of food access strategies that are linked to economic development to help maintain and grow them. Attendees were invited to consider the different approaches and processes each of the municipalities on the panel used to get support for their projects and get them to fruition. Thus, participants were able to consider potential opportunities for policy and systems changes that could facilitate these forms of implementations in their municipalities as well as think about their next steps to get these started. Many of the conversations, questions and discussion shared throughout the event highlighted different challenges and opportunities in getting policy and systems changes supported and implemented in the attending municipalities. With this information and knowledge municipalities will be able to better define their needs for technical assistance from UHP.

Here are some of the takeaways:

  • Cross-sector collaborations are essential to drive full implementation of policy and system changes that will benefit food access and economic development in our municipalities.
  • Periodic public input is necessary to ensure community voice and needs are guiding the process and goals of any food access program, initiative, as well as any potential policy and system changes.
  • Policy and systems changes opportunities can look different from municipality to municipality, however, shared practices, lessons learned, and the examples form other municipalities make their implementation more efficient and effective. Urban Health Partnerships can provide Free Technical Assistance to help each of the 14 active municipalities to develop action steps to facilitate the implementation of policy and systems changes that would help shape the local food system and economy of the future for Broward County.

Based on these insights, technical assistance needed will continue to focus on drafting policy language for city plans and codes as well as for helping establish systems changes that will facilitate implementation of new policies and increased sustainability for the municipalities’ food access goals and projects. UHP’ ongoing partnerships with municipalities to help develop and implement action steps, provide sample legislation, and recommendations will be instrumental in moving this goal forward.

Encourage Your Mayor to Sign the Pledge!

By making a public commitment to promote access to healthy foods, mayors can play an important role in increasing awareness and building momentum for policies and initiatives that can promote community food security, equity, health, environmental sustainability, job creation, and economic development. Your mayor can sign the pledge by clicking here or downloading the pledge and emailing it to arely@urbanhs.com.

To learn more about Food for All Broward, please visit:
 https://urbanhp.org/food-for-all-broward/

Resources

Food for All Fact Sheet
Food for All Broward is an initiative to expand access to healthy foods for residents of all ages, abilities, cultural and economic backgrounds. By collaborating with local jurisdictions over the next year, the aim is to increase healthy eating options by co-developing policy and system changes that will facilitate healthier, thriving communities by strengthening and expanding the food system across Broward County.

Food for All Broward: Preventable Diabetes and Food Deserts in Broward County
Policy changes that make healthier foods more available, accessible, and affordable for vulnerable residents living in food deserts and high diabetes ZIP codes in Broward County could greatly curtail future cases of diabetes. This fact sheet from Food for All Broward presents findings from our analysis of the relationship between diabetes and food deserts in the County. The confluence of diabetes and food deserts is clear: The majority (68%) of the County’s food deserts are located within high diabetes ZIP codes. Food deserts tend to cluster within clusters of high diabetes ZIP codes, mostly between I-95 and the Turnpike. The findings suggest that communities face inequities, particularly a lack of access to healthy foods, that contribute to increased risk of diabetes.

Food for All Broward: Policy Audit Assessment
Food for All Broward conducted a policy audit to understand the existing food policy landscape in 13 of the Food for All Broward focus jurisdictions. Three general categories of policy documents were collected and analyzed for each jurisdiction: Comprehensive plans, Master Plans and/or CRA Plans, and Ordinances. This fact sheet provides a summary of the policy audit findings for each municipality.

Free Food All Broward Technical Assistance
Through Food for All Broward, UHP will provide free technical assistance to participating municipalities to develop and implement policies to improve access to healthy foods in their communities. UHP will work closely with participating municipalities to identify and develop evidence-based food policy and system changes that have successfully assisted communities close healthy food access gaps. Any pending request should be received by October 31, 2018, and all will be completed by March 2019. All Technical Assistance requests will receive data and GIS mapping as back up for the selected healthy food policies and diet-related disease policies. Municipalities also may find this information useful for their future grant-making.

Food for All Kick-off Workshop Presentations 1/18/18

Expanding Healthy Food Access in Your Community

Policies and Lessons from Across the Nation

Dwayne Wharton, Director of External Relations, The Food Trust

Local Case Study – Miramar

Elsi Rose, LEED AP, Development Management Coordinator, City of Miramar

Michael Alpert, AICP, LEED AP, Principal Planner, City of Miramar

Expanding Healthy Food Access in Your Community – Data

Anthony Olivieri, MURP, Founder, FHEED, LLC

Food for All Kick-off Workshop Presentations 5/23/18

Spring Workshop Powerpoint Presentation

-Presentation on Municipal Food Policy Audit by Anthony Olivieri,
Food for Health, Environment, Economy, and Democracy (FHEED)

Other Helpful Resources

The Food Trust
The Food Trust is a nationally recognized nonprofit that works with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers across the country to develop a comprehensive approach to improved food access that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food. The website features useful fact sheets, case studies, videos and reports.

Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities Toolkit (PDF)
This toolkit is geared towards local food policy councils and local food advocates—those who have identified a challenge or opportunity within their community’s food system and want to make an impact through policy change. The toolkit provides a starting place to understand the basic legal concepts surrounding local food systems, develop a base of knowledge about the main policy areas, and discover examples and innovations from other localities.

Healthy Food Access Portal
The Healthy Food Access Portal brings together the rapidly growing body of research, best practices, resources, and policy information for community members, practitioners, advocates, entrepreneurs, and others who are committed to ensuring that all communities have equitable access to healthy, quality, affordable food.

Healthy Food Policy Project
The Healthy Food Policy Project features a curated, searchable database of innovative local healthy food policies, a crosswalk of local laws and policies, organized by food system category and type of law, and case studies that showcase healthy food policy initiatives around the country.

Program Contact
To partner with Food for All Broward or for more information about the initiative, please contact:

 

 

Arely B. Lozano Cantu: arely@urbanhs.com